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POSTED: June 21, 2014 10:00 a.m.

When it comes to TV, the most buzz-worthy topic definitely is last weekend’s season-four finale of “Game of Thrones.” However, another television favorite of mine seems unexpectedly tied to “GoT” — the USA Network legal drama, “Suits.”
At first blush, “Suits” looks like your typical buddy series and legal drama.
But like “Game of Thrones,” “Suits” is in its fourth season and is pretty addicting. Unlike “Game of Thrones” — described on imdb.com as families fighting for control of a mythical land — “Suits” focuses on two lawyers at one of New York’s most prestigious, exclusively Harvard-educated law firms.
Harvey (Gabriel Macht) is a corporate lawyer who eventually becomes a name partner. He has a ridiculous winning streak, does well for himself and is arrogant as they come. Still, Harvey takes a gamble on young Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who has no law degree but does have a photographic memory and genuinely cares about the law. Working together is illegal, and yet, season after season, despite close calls, the duo avoids getting caught.
A nice feature of this often-funny series is its strong female cast. The firm is run by managing partner, Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres); its top paralegal and Mike’s love interest is Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle); and Harvey’s saucy secretary is Donna (Sarah Rafferty), who always is dressed to kill, knows everything and is never wrong.
A weak point in the series is the juvenile antics of fellow lawyer Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), but these threads are made tolerable by the high-stakes suspense generally plaguing the characters.
This season brings a total game-changer when — gasp — Mike leaves the firm for a job where he won’t have to lie about his credentials. What job? He enters the exciting world of investment banking, going from Harvey’s associate to Harvey’s client.
As for the “GoT” connection, in addition to using “GoT” actors Michelle Fairley and Conleth Hill for roles last season, lately I’ve found at least one “GoT” reference embedded in nearly every episode. It turns out that the “Suits” cast members are fans.
I admire a show not afraid to change things up. All the chemistry and drama is still there. I’ll keep watching.
As for this season of “Suits” … I’m still a fan!


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